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Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

0:20 - Joost gets bounced. (But halts the big man's progress)
0:31 - Stransky gets wrongfooted.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

That's a very plausible theory!

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

Sadly it still goes on Mr Flanker. Pains me to say it but English broadcasters, including BBC, seem to be the worst offenders. I think it's to do with them being accustomed to putting together football highlights, where many fans just want to see the goals. So they reckon with rugby they need to document the actual points being scored, when that's actually the most dull and interesting part of the game to watch.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Stuart Lancaster explains David Strettle withdrawal as RWC squad train together

Here's my theory, based on my impression that Stuart Lancaster is a very shrewd, almost sly, operator.

I reckon he realised that he should have selected Roko ahead of Strettle in the first place. Rather than admit publicly that he'd made a mistake and perhaps to save embarrassment for Strettle at being dropped, he contrived a story along the lines of what you describe above and got Strettle et al to go along with the party line.

I may be reading too much into it of course - this is also based on an assumption that Lancaster secretly rates Roko as highly as I do.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

Glad someone else brought that up. Completely agree.

I mean I can understand how pumped you'd have to be in that situation, but you've just made a massive statement and I don't see what schoolboy posturing adds.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

I'd just like to say, I love this highlights reel - if only all were done this way. Build-up to tries included, not just the bloke diving over the line, most of the key action points, and not a single lingering close-up of a flyhalf lining up a kick.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Henry Speight banned for five weeks for dangerous flip on Juan de Jongh

Yep. Well this is exactly the sort of thing that should be attracting red cards and bans, in my opinion. Not the good old-fashioned dump tackles.

This is off-the-ball, dangerous and just bloody stupid. I'm not buying that "only pushing the bloke out of the way" line either. It was the opposite direction of a push, more of a judo throw - see the trip with his left foot that set the whole flippy action in motion.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Japie Mulder's perfect tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final

Ta-day:
http://youtu.be/NSFSBwITH_s

Fabulous tackle it really is. If you're one of the smallest blokes in the pitch tackling the biggest you're never going to be able to make the tackle and prevent an offload, best you can do is tackle low, tie his legs up and hang on for dear life.

Unfortunately this clip also includes Lomu bouncing Westhuizen in trademark style - although you could argue he did enough to stop Lomu and allow his team-mates to rip the ball. Either way, you need onion bhajis of steel to put yourself in the way of a juggernaut like that.


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2 Months, 1 Week ago

Stuart Lancaster explains David Strettle withdrawal as RWC squad train together

Hard to imagine a bloke with the chance to play in a world cup excusing himself from the squad like this, but he has his reasons and you have to respect the fact that he's made the call in time for Lancaster and the team to crack on.

Fair play to him too for making it easy for Stuart Lancaster and making the decision for him. Would be unfair in my opinion to continue ignoring blokes like Steffon Armitage but keep someone else in the squad who is about to be in the same situation.

Have to say, with all due respect, that I'm delighted, because I really feel that Rokoduguni was a massively conspicuous omission from the squad and I'm pleased he's now involved. Not only should he be in the squad, he would be my starting #14. He's the best defender in that area, which is going to be crucial particularly against the monster Nadodo. (Quite an interesting prospect, I admit, tasking a Fijian with stopping Fiji's greatest attacking threat).

Would have liked a more ringing endorsement of Rokoduguni from Lancaster, but I suppose he can't very well say he was wrong to leave him out in the first place, can he.

2 Months, 1 Week ago

Midweek Madness - NZ U20 coach Scott Robertson's break dance celebration

Now that is my kind of dancing!! Shit, but who cares.
Admittedly it usually takes me eight pints before I have the guts to do it...

2 Months, 1 Week ago